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Aircuity to deploy OptiNet System to improve energy efficiency at MIT facility

CTBR Staff Writer Published 16 August 2010

MIT has engaged Aircuity, an airside efficiency company, to deploy OptiNet system, a suite of ventilation measurement and optimization technologies, to improve overall energy efficiency and optimize building ventilation across MIT’s Hayden Library facility.

The OptiNet system operates by sensing and analyzing the building’s indoor environment and providing inputs to the building management systems, making required adjustments to the ventilation flow to optimize airflow within the facility.

This facilitates the operation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system at economizer mode, while other indoor environmental quality measurements allow the demand control ventilation system to optimize ventilation rates saving energy costs.

Through the use of this ventilation optimization system, MIT hopes to save approximately $100,000 in total annual energy costs by reducing electrical, heating and cooling energy use.

The deployment of Aircuity’s OptiNet system complements MIT’s ‘Efficiency Forward' program, an initiative launched in collaboration with NSTAR to reduce electricity use by 15% over the next three years by modernizing HVAC equipments.

Aircuity chairman, Gordon Sharp said that the combination of new, more efficient air handling equipment with Aircuity’s intelligent monitoring system will provide MIT with significant cost savings while maintaining comfortable levels of indoor environmental quality.